All the latest bikes comprehensively tested. If we don’t think a product is worthy of our hard-earned, we won’t tell you to part with yours for it. That’s the promise we make with our bike and equipment tests. For all our tests we guarantee that:
1. They’re conducted by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable riders in the business.
2. Ratings are awarded only after a thorough testing process on a variety of terrain.
3. Tests are independent, and in no way influenced by our advertisers.

In most cases, we fit control tyres, bars and stems to the test bikes to ensure a level playing field and to highlight differences in handling. Tyre pressures are equalised to keep grip levels identical. We also weigh and measure the bikes ourselves, because this data doesn’t always tally with the manufacturer’s official figures. The numbers you read in the tests are the actual angles and measurements.

Our ratings are awarded out of 10, with 10/10 being the top mark.

1-4 means something’s wrong. Possibly a design flaw or a major weakness.
5-6 OK – one or two faults but has potential
7 Worth considering
8 Very good – for the money, we’d buy it
9 Excellent – a slight mod or two and it might be perfect
10 Simply the best!

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bird aeris

The Bird Aeris 145 is an enduro machine with 145mm travel with modern geometry and sizing. This is a big, slack bike for tall as well as short riders.

£2,912.00
strider pro 12

The Strider Pro 12 is probably the lightest balance bike on the market. But does this mean it's any good? We give it to our junior tester to find out.

£110.00
Score 9

specialized epic review

Specialized Epic Expert is one seriously fast cross country race bike. For 2018 the Epic range has had a complete overhaul with some interesting changes.

£4,800.00
Score 9

trek fuel ex 29

Bike Of The Year 2017! The sheer pace of the Trek Fuel EX 29 throws petrol on the heated wheel size debate and then fans the flames. A real firestarter.

£2,200.00
Score 10

transition scout

The Transition Scout Carbon 3 has a great shape and ground-tracking suspension. But for that cash, some equipment isn’t at the level we’d expect.

£4,995.00
Score 8

pivot mach 5.5 review

With the Pivot Mach 5.5 the brand waited seven years before deeming itself ready to bring out the successor its most popular bike ever, the Mach 5.7.

£5,800.00
Score 9

evil the calling

The Evil The Calling is the perfect downhiller’s trail bike. With maximum grip, cornering shred-factor and attitude. Easy to ride for intermediates too.

£5,499.99
Score 10

calibre line 10

The new Calibre Line 10 hardtail sports aggressive geometry and spot on sizing. All mod-cons catered for here, including a dropper.

£750.00
antidote carbonjack

Expensive carbon enduro bikes are two a penny, and cost a pretty penny too, the Antidote Carbonjack has an identity and a ride quality that’s truly unique.

Saracen tufftrax

The Saracen Tufftrax Disc has a quality 6061 aluminium frame that endows it with a smooth and rewarding ride. Shimano shifting adds to the quality.

£439.99
Score 6

Trek Powerfly LT 9

Up hill or down, ebikes take an absolute beating, so the new Trek Powerfly LT 9 has a beefed up the parts package to handle the additional abuse.

£5,250.00
Score 8

Carrera Vulcan

The Carrera Vulcan is a mainstay of the Halford brands range. It offers a relatively high spec for the price including capable hydraulic brakes.

£370.00
Score 6

merida eone-sixty

With the new Merida EOne-Sixty 900E they've done an amazing job. It has a fun, playfully ride quality that few e-bikes can match.

£5,200.00
Score 8

BMC Speedfox 02 Two

It’s not geometry on the BMC Speedfox 02 that’s revolutionary, it’s the new integrated dropper post that changes shock settings as you change saddle height.

£4,400.00
rocky mountain altitude powerplay

The Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay isn't differentiated from regular trail bikes on their website. This speaks volumes about a unique approach to ebikes.

£6,499.00
Score 9

merida big trail

The Merida Big Trail stays true to the hardcore hardtail philosophy. Super comfortable riding position – helped by a tiny 35mm stem and 760mm handlebar.

£1,750.00
Merida Ninety-six xt

Merida’s position as one of the world’s largest bike manufacturers allows it to produce a wide range of full suspension platforms. All of which are named based on the amount…

£3,000.00
Score 7

Specialized Turbo Kenevo

Most great ideas start with a simple two-word question, “what if?” The new Specialized Turbo Kenevo is how they answer the question, “What if we could have our own personal…